|Review: Nile - At the Gate of Sethu|
|At the Gate of Sethu|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 18, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:At the Gate of Sethu
Rated 3.7/5 (74%) (50 Votes)
Nile have been putting out killer albums for so long, that it's almost tempting to just rubberstamp a new one and say "good" without a serious listen. Last time out, however, Nile brought forth the highly disappointing Those Whom the Gods Detest, which had a few killer tracks, but was largely just dull. This time, they have added derivative songwriting, bad vocals, and poor production values into what is easily the weakest album of their career.
Problem one is Dallas, who handles most of the vocals on this album, and they sound like crap. He's a decent backup vocalist, but his dominant style here is a higher-pitched and cleaner style than the guttural sound we expect, and it sounds less like a death growl than like some kid yelling at his mom. Plus there is some out and out singing on here, which I'm not opposed to on principle, but it's badly done and irritating. Problem two is the songwriting, which is imitative of past albums to the point of theft, and you would swear you have heard all of this before, only these versions sound worse than any previous Nile album.
Problem three is the production, and between the over-processed rhythm guitars that sound like mush and the terrible mix that makes hash out of the songs, turns heaviness to mud, and puts Dallas' vocals way out on top where they do not belong, the whole thing is just kind of painful to listen to. If you didn't know this was Nile you might be inclined to be more forgiving, but the band that produced the utter masterwork In Their Darkened Shrines cannot get away with this kind of crap. Highly disappointing.
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